Towards the tail end of July and early August, I'd like to spend just over a week exploring East Java. Two highlights for me will be Mt. Bromo and Kawah Ijen. A few Indonesians have told me it's going to be really rainy there though...has anyone been to these areas this time of the year? I'd like to brave the rain...but for example if the chances of getting a clear day at Bromo are very very slim this time of year then I'd opt to skip it. Anyone tried this?
Wierd that your Indonesian friends said Java would be very wet in July and August. I think there's a possible el Nino event this year but AFAIK the main rainy season in Indonesia is usually November-March.
We went last year and we had no rain at all, rainy season is nov-march
#4 Esusino has been a member since 25/6/2013. Posts: 19
Yes, Java's (and Bali's) dry season is when you'll be there. Should be hot in the lowlands and freezing around Bromo. Should be good! Ramadan itself doesn't pose too many problems for travellers. I know people go on and on about it, but Ramadan isn't the problem. It's the end of Ramadan when you have issues -- the time when everyone returns from the big cities to the villages of their families. This starts around a week before the end of Ramadan (in a few days) and things are busy for about a week after. All buses and trains will be booked up and you're only way of getting around is by turning up to bus stations and hoping for the best, getting private car and driver or getting on some sort of tour.
Lucky for you there is great tourist transport between many East Java cities and Bromo/Ijen. They runs these shuttles which are more expensive than normal buses, but they are direct meaning you don't have to worry about changing buses and trains all around the place. Should suit your needs perfectly.